I hosted a cocktail party last week for a friend of mine, Tara, who sells Stella & Dot jewelry. I met Tara at one of her recent jewelry trunk shows and totally fell in love with the jewelry and her fun personality. I decided to host a little trunk show of my own and invite some of my girl friends. You all know that I love to host parties and pretty much look for any excuse to entertain, so I jumped at the chance to mix my love of jewelry and cocktail hour together.
Unfortunately, I was experiencing a very busy week. The party was planned for Thursday at 6:30 and I had opera tickets for Wednesday night. This did not leave ANY time to prepare appetizers. I really enjoy making appetizers from scratch, but without a lot of time I had to really think about food I could prepare ahead to serve the evening of the party. I remembered these great wafers my mom made at Easter and thought I could switch out the all-purpose flour for whole wheat to give them a healthy twist. Cheese and wine are a never-fail combination so I knew these would get devoured. They took almost no time to throw together and then stayed fresh wrapped up in the fridge for a few days. On the night of the party, I was able to just slice, bake, and serve. They were such a hit that I’m considering making a few logs to keep frozen in case of impromptu guests.
Whole Wheat Cheddar Wafers
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), softened
1/2 lb. cheddar cheese, grated and at room temperature
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
Using a handheld mixer, whip the butter and cheese together in a bowl until creamy. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cayenne, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until combined.
Gather dough into a ball and split in half. Roll each half of the dough into a log and wrap with parchment paper, twist up the ends to seal. Chill the logs for at least 4 hours. These can also be frozen for a later date. Once the dough has chilled, slice 1/4 inch wafers and place on a parchment covered baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 7-9 minutes or until lightly browned at the edges. Depending on the thickness of your logs, this recipe makes around 3 dozen wafers.